Craze: Gin and Debauchery in the Age of Reason.
In the early 18th century, rotgut gin was cheap, it was everywhere, and it was the new drug of the working poor, giving rise to the first modern drug scare. Chaos reigned, taxes on gin flew to the powerful, and people worried. Warner presents fascinating history with sparking wit, dividing the book into Acts and providing Dramatis Personae. Includes a chronology of the Gin Acts, endnotes, sources, index. Cover a little beat up, otherwise a very clean copy. Random House. 2002. Paper. USED. $4.00